St. Edward's University staff and students are on high alert. One of the school's staff members was carjacked on campus Monday morning.
St. Edward's police say the employee was approached this morning at 7 a.m. in the back parking lot just as she'd arrived for work. The suspect held a gun on her and stole her SUV.
She described her attacker as a white or Hispanic man, 5'6" with an average build. She said he was wearing a baseball cap, denim vest and possibly had tattoos on his neck and arms.
The vehicle stolen was a black Toyota Venza. Plates are CK6K401. If you see that vehicle call police.
The building where this happened is at the far southwest corner of the campus. It is bordered by Woodward and Congress.
The crime happened before students began to make their way to class. Campus officials sent out text and email alerts.
Crime is very unusual for the campus. A school spokesperson says in 20 years of police records, there has never been a report of an aggravated robbery.
"I was surprised because of how safe the school campus seems. I think a lot of people were surprised. You don't expect this to happen especially cause it was in the morning and not at night. I'm kind of shocked by that," said student Sophia Wong.
Student Alina Cahill added, "It's a little scary to hear that happening on campus, cause it's a beautiful campus. It's really secluded from Austin, but it's the first time I've ever heard of that happening and with every situation is always an outlier to every circumstance so I still feel completely safe here and everything."
We're told the employee who was the victim in this case, is doing fine. In fact, she worked through the day.